Xavier Mcgrapth, the subject of a criminal complaint of 13 counts of animal cruelty in the second degree, was arrested on April 13, according to an update from the Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office in Central Kentucky. Mcgrapth, 24, of Versailles, Ky., came in for an interview regarding the case and was arrested at the conclusion of the interview.
“The Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office and the Bourbon County Attorney’s Office are working closely together to bring this case to a close,” read a statement from the sheriff’s office. “At this time, all horses involved have been removed from the farm and relocated to facilities to best suit the care they need.”
Mcgrapth has yet to be arraigned and is out on a $2,000 bond, according to court and county detention center records.
About two dozen horses were discovered at a property Mcgrapth was leasing off Brentsville Road in various states of neglect in late March. Owners, many of whom were located out of state, told media at the time they had engaged Mcgrapth to board broodmares or young training horses for them after seeing his services advertised through Facebook as McGrapth Breaking and Training and/or Whispering Creek Thoroughbreds.
Read more about the case from our previous reporting here.
The investigation remains active, according to the sheriff’s office.
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